NIRS NEWS STORIES 6am-9am 05 FEBRUARY 2014
A number of Brisbane activists have formed a group to push for and further discussions on treaties, land rights and sovereignty.
Nganyaywana man Callum Clayton-Dixon is a co-founder of the collective and says treaties must be a grass-roots movement and not be administered by government bodies.
Mr. Clayton-Dixon says he welcomes Nigel Scullion and Warren Mundine’s recent interest in treaty talks and wants to bring the discussion into communities.
Traditional Owners in the Cape York Peninsula are still waiting on the State Government to submit information that would see parts of the Cape listed as UNESCO World Heritage.
Desmond Tayley is speaking for his traditional land in the Laura area, a cultural site with world-renowned rock art that is also a major tourist attraction.
Mr. Tayley says there has been no feedback by the Government and world heritage status would not just protect the site from mining.
Anthropologist and Linguist Dr. Bentley James is calling for donations to help preserve language.
For the past 20 years, Yan-nhangu Elder Laurie Baymarrwangga, who is known as ‘Big Boss’, and Dr. James, have worked together on a trilingual atlas as a gift to give to Yonglu children.
The Atlas is in English, Yan-nhangu and Yolngu and includes an illustrated dictionary of the Crocodile islands.
Dr. James says although the atlas is written, there are still many expenses to be covered before distribution.
To the Northern Territory,
A senior Yolngu community figure in Arnhem Land has reportedly thrown his support behind the Indigenous Affairs Minister’s remote education policy.
Minister Nigel Scullion is in the process of employing local truancy officers in remote communities and is on a recruitment tour around the country.
Prominent elder Reverend Dr. Djiniyini Gondarra, spokesperson for the Yolngu Nations Assembly, has written a letter calling on his people to participate, The Australian newspaper reports.
Dr. Gondara will say in the letter to Yolngu people he’s had a number of meetings with the Senator on the matter and wants community support for efforts to get kids to school.
He says he’s still working with Minister Scullion through the issue of maintaining bilingual education.
A report to be released by the Human Rights Commission says discrimination against people with a disability is widespread in Australia’s justice system.
Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes says there have been a large number of cases where the needs of people with a disability haven’t been taken into account by the courts.
He says all states and territories urgently need to develop disability justice strategies which include improved support, training and communication.
The Chair of our peak First Nations health body says there’s been an increasing number of deaths from cancer and people going through treatment in recent years.
It comes as a World Health Organisation report released yesterday found cancer has taken over heart disease as the number one killer both in Australia and worldwide.
Justin Mohamed from NACCHO says the report reinforces that community health organisations have a big part to play in education, prevention and regular screening of the disease.
To the west,
A School Attendance Officer in Carnarvon says the Federal Government’s aim for one hundred per cent school attendance will be no easy task.
Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion and Indigenous Advisory Council chair Warren Mundine are currently touring regional WA to talk up their truancy officer policy.
School Attendance Officer, Wadjuri woman Kay Mongoo, says the issues of poverty, substance abuse, energy levels, low literacy levels and the need for catch-up learning for some students may make this difficult to achieve.
A former long-time Northern Territory teacher says he agrees with a Federal Government policy to employ local school truancy workers, but warns more will need to be done to improve attendance.
Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister, Nigel Scullion, is currently travelling around remote communities to spruik the policy and push the importance of education.
Retired educator Maurie Japarta Ryan, now Chair of the Central Land Council, says there are a number of barriers to raising attendance, including cultural reasons and a lack of remote employment opportunities.
Mr. Ryan is also worried about teacher funding cuts and says he’s skeptical of the Minister’s goal to get 100 per cent attendance.
The Federal Court has rejected a challenge to a land lease agreement with Rio Tinto by the Dhurili nation in Arnhem Land.
The 42-year lease was approved in 2011 for the Gove alumina refinery but local leader Dr Djiniyini Gondarra says Traditional Owners are missing out compensation, the ABC reports.
Dr. Gondarra challenged the agreement due to concerns of insufficient community consultation but the judge ruled the obligations were fulfilled.
A high proportion of workers at Rio Tinto’s Gove Peninsula Alumina refinery have taken redundancy packages.
Phoebe Stewart reports.
Award winning justice advocate Ray Jackson and other prominent human rights activists will gather in Sydney next week to commemorate the death of Koori teenager TJ Hickey.
Mr. Jackson says the march marks the 10 year anniversary of the death and the family is still waiting on answers.
Mr. Jackson has been working closely with the family and says he’s hoping for justice and recognition.
South Australian government agencies have launched Reconciliation Action Plans in a move the State Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation says will further the spirit of reconciliation.
The RAPs were developed in partnership with Reconciliation Australia, Aboriginal staff and stakeholders.
Minister Ian Hunter said in a statement the RAPs provide a practical pathway towards genuine reconciliation.
The Race Discrimination Commissioner says racism is one form of bullying that can be common in day-to-day situations.
Dr. Tim Soutphoummasane spoke to Trevor Tim on Bumma Bippera’s Talkblack and says ignoring racism is a way of legitimizing it.
Dr. Soutphoummasane says even popular public figures such as Adam Goodes experience racism but many institutions are calling for an end to it
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